Metallica Wins Trademark Fight

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It’s been a battle, but Metallica has won the long-standing fight over the trademark for clothing and footwear that bears their name.

A Chili Supreme Court honored the group's request to annul Horacia Mardones' trademark of their name. Initially they lost an attempt to oppose the registration of the brand in 2012. Metallica argued that he was using the registration "in bad faith."

Metallica has clashed with other parties over infringement issues. Twenty years ago, they sued Victoria's Secret after it sold a lipstick line called Metallica. And about 10 years ago, Neiman Marcus launched a perfume with their name and a furniture maker in Waco, Texas had named his business Metallika. Even though the spelling was I-K-A, instead of I-C-A it was still considered an infringement. All cases were eventually settled.